Halton Autism Social Skills Groups

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Contact Jessica Gallino, Intake Coordinator
Phone: (905) 689-4727 ext. 115
Email:  haltonautismservices@woodview.ca

What are Social Skills Groups?

Social skills groups are offered in-person. Social skills groups feature a variety of themes such as learning to engage in functional play with peers including turn taking, requesting, sharing, engaging in group routines, and more. 

Social skills groups will help to further develop your child’s communication skills and daily living skills by learning and practicing through fun and exciting activities each week.

The ratio for each social skills group changes based on the child’s needs and skills, up to a ratio of 2 staff to 8 children.

Parents and caregivers will be required to attend one mandatory parent session with a Clinical Supervisor at the end of the group block.  Parents will have the opportunity to watch videos to observe the progress and gains of their child in the group, for information sharing from Woodview Staff, and to discuss next steps for future social and communication goals.

What is the focus of Social Skills Groups?

The focus of social skills groups is to help and support children to reach their potential in social and communication skills and to improve their daily living skills.

Social skills groups are offered in small group sizes and use Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) principles and evidence-based strategies, plus video modelling, role play, and homework to teach these various skills.

Learn more about the variety of Halton Autism Services that we offer.

What are the pre-requisites to join the Social Skills Groups?
  • Can wait appropriately for at least 5 minutes
  • Can tolerate groups or be with other children
  • No significant problem behaviours or safety concerns (bolting/flight risk/aggressive verbal or physical behaviour/self injurious behaviour)
  • Does not require 1 to 1 support
  • *Toilet trained (*Not required for Saturday groups “Shake it up Saturday!” and “Creations Club”)
  • Can follow 1 step instructions and requests
  • Can participate in activities safely
  • Can participate in some conversation (depends on the theme that week)

Fall 2022

“Cyber Safety” – Ages 9-11

This 11 week social skills group will focus on learning about online safety skills and sportsmanship in video gaming. Using evidence based strategies, the group will learn and practice online safety skills. There will also be time to play video games and hang out with peers!

Location: 69 Flatt Road, Burlington
Date: Mondays, October 3 to December 19, 2022 (*There will be no session on October 10th for the Thanksgiving Holiday)
Time: 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Ratio: 4 participants to 1 staff (maximum 8 learners)
Cost: $1080

“Cyber Safety”– Ages 9-11

This 11 week social skills group will focus on learning about online safety skills and sportsmanship in video gaming. Using evidence based strategies, the group will learn and practice online safety skills. There will also be time to play video games and hang out with peers!

Location: 59 Rexway Drive, Georgetown (Located inside Harrison Public School)
Date: Mondays*, October 3 to December 19, 2022 (*There will be no session on October 10th for the Thanksgiving Holiday)
Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Ratio: 4 participants to 1 staff (maximum 8 learners)
Cost: $1080

“Chef’s Club”– Ages 12-14

This 11 week social skills group will focus on independence in the kitchen with cooking basic meals and grocery shopping. Using evidence based strategies the group will practice making grocery lists and following instructions for recipes, clean up and learn about safety in the kitchen. There will also be time to eat the creations and to hang out with peers!

Location: 69 Flatt Road, Burlington
Date: Mondays, October 3 to December 19, 2022 (*There will be no session on October 10th for the Thanksgiving Holiday)
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Ratio: 4 participants to 1 staff (maximum 8 learners)
Cost: $1080

“Little Chef’s Club”– Ages 4-7

This 11 week social skills group will focus on learning basic cooking skills in the kitchen. Using evidence-based strategies, this group will practice following instructions for recipes, cleaning up and learning basic safety skills. There will be time to eat the creations and practice play skills following the cooking lesson. 

Location: 59 Rexway Drive, Georgetown (Located inside Harrison Public School)
Date: Thursdays, October 6 to December 15, 2022
Time: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Ratio: 3 participants to 1 staff (maximum 6 learners)
Cost: $1080

“Shake it up Saturday!” – Ages 3-5

This 10-week hands on music group is designed to have young learners exposed to a group setting, use fine and gross motor skills in addition to developing musical concepts. Children will learn songs, play instruments and engage in creative dance. Using evidence-based strategies the group goals will be focusing on imitating actions, and following instructions in a group.

Location: 69 Flatt Road, Burlington
Date: Saturdays, October 15- December 17, 2022
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 am
Ratio: 4 participants to 1 staff (maximum 8 learners)
Cost: $680

“Creations Club” – Ages 4-6

This 10-week Creations Club group is designed to have young learners exposed to a group setting, use fine and gross motor skills in addition to developing peer skills. Children will complete crafts, play structured games and participate in engaging activities. Using evidence-based strategies, the group will practice turn taking, sharing, and requesting for materials.

Location: 69 Flatt Road, Burlington
Date: Saturdays, October 15- December 17, 2022
Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Ratio: 4 participants to 1 staff (maximum 8 learners)
Cost: $980